Do quartz countertops scratch?
Quartz countertops are very popular nowadays due to their durability and versatility.
The quartz that is being used as kitchen and bathroom countertops is a type of engineered stone. Unlike granite (which is a natural stone and another popular countertop stone variety), it is not made out of 100% stone. In fact, only 90% of it is quartz that has been ground up and mixed with 10% resins and pigments.
How quartz countertops are made
Quartz is a natural occurring mineral found in many types of rocks. These minerals are ground as fine as sand or as large as pebbles in order to create attractive patterns.
These pieces of quartz are combined with resin and depending on the color, other pigments and minerals are added in as well. Quartz can even be made to look like natural stone.
The mixture is then poured into a mold which will then be compressed inside a vacuum space where more than 100 tons of pressure are applied. The next step is to cure the slab at a very high temperature. This will completely solidify the mixture. Finally, the surface is sealed to protect it for as long as it lasts.
Do quartz countertops scratch?
Can you scratch quartz countertops?
Yes, you can.
Quartz countertops are often marketed to be scratch resistant. However, it is not scratch proof. It is true that quartz countertops are very hard to scratch but with enough force, a scratch can appear. But overall, quartz countertops can withstand a lot of wear and tear in the kitchen with little evidence.
Getting rid of scratches on quartz countertops
We can prevent scratches as much as possible but sometimes, it is just inevitable.
If you find your scratches on your quartz countertop, you should first prepare the surface. Clean the countertop thoroughly using warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. The best way to get rid of scratches is through resin fillers. Apply the filler with a syringe and get as much as possible in the crack.
Wait for the filler to dry then use a razor blade to carefully remove any excess glue from the surface of the scratch. It is very important to work carefully during this step to avoid creating more scratches.
How to take care of quartz countertops
One characteristic of quartz countertops that is very popular among homeowners is its ease of maintenance. It is considered to be one of the most low maintenance countertops in the market.
However, in order for it to maintain its luster and to make it last for a longer period of time, basic maintenance is still required. The good news is, it is very easy to clean and maintain. You only need water, mild soap and soft cloth to keep it sparkly clean.
Here are the DO’s and DON’Ts of quartz countertop maintenance:
The DO’s of quartz countertop maintenance
Wipe spills immediately
Spills are bad news for both engineered and natural stone countertops. Even though they are pretty easy to remove on quartz countertops, it can still cause staining if you allow them to sit for too long. Yes, there are ways to remove stains but it’s a long process. The best way to avoid stains is to prevent them from happening in the first place which is why you should always wipe spills as soon as they happen. This will make it easier for you to maintain the beauty of your quartz countertop for a longer time.
Use a mild soap and soft cloth
You won’t need any special cleaners to keep your quartz countertops clean. Dish soaps, antibacterial soaps or hand soaps mixed with water will be more than enough. Additionally, make sure that the cloth you are using to wipe your countertop is not in any way abrasive. Use a microfiber cloth to clean quartz countertops because this type of cloth is highly absorbent and won’t leave watermarks.
Scrape of gunk using plastic
Sometimes, spills are inevitable. When you have to scrape off hardened spills on your countertop, make sure that you don’t use sharp metallic objects. Instead, use plastic objects such as a plastic knife or a scraper.
Countertops are on the receiving end of cooking grease. For this reason, degreasing should be a part of your quartz countertop maintenance routine. There are degreasing agents that are specifically made for quartz. No matter how tough the grease, degreasers can remove it easily.
Always use cutting board when cutting up food
Quartz countertops are very scratch resistant but they can still scratch with the right amount of force. Again, prevention is always better when it comes to maintaining quartz countertops. With that being said, always use a cutting board when cutting up foods to lessen the chances of scratches from happening. Knives can leave marks on your countertop and we don’t want that to happen.
The DON’Ts of quartz countertop maintenance
Never set hot pots or pans directly on your countertop. This is because extreme heat can damage the resin of the countertop’s surface causing discolor. When the resin damage is very hard to fix and usually, the can’t be fixed. Additionally, sudden extreme changes in temperature can create thermal expansion and crack the surface. When you have to put something hot on your countertop, always use trivets or cooking pads to guard the surface against direct exposure to heat.
Use abrasives and acidic or alkaline cleaners
Never use abrasive cleaners, and avoid scouring pads. There’s a chance that it will cause small scratches on the countertop surface and make it lose its shine and luster. Furthermore, avoid using acidic or alkaline cleaners as it will cause discoloration on your countertop. There are cleaners that are specifically made for quartz or just use dish soaps, antibacterial soaps or hand soaps mixed with water as mentioned above.
No matter how durable your quartz countertops are, they can still be stained or scratched. This is why owners should take care of their quartz countertops properly in order for them to stay pristine for years to come.
If you need help with picking out or installing countertops, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (888) 906 3317. We are Granite selection, a manufacturer and installer of natural stone countertops for kitchens and bathrooms in the Chicagoland area. We are located in Elk Grove Village, IL and we serve a 70 mi area.